It’s no secret that quantum computing will change the world of technology as we know it. However, a few years ago, it was unclear exactly how that change would occur. Now, after a recent exhibition at the 2012 British Science Festival, it appears that super-fast quantum computer technology may not be as far off as we think.
A new silicon quantum chip was debuted at the festival that promises to be 1,000 times smaller than traditional chips while being thousands of times as powerful. While current chips use electrical currents to perform calculations, quantum chips rely on the manipulation of light particles. This means that they can be incredibly small and still generate significant amounts of power.
The tiny size of the quantum chips make them an ideal solution for manufacturers of mobile technology like smartphones or tablet computers. Quantum chips are smaller and more powerful than existing chips, which means that all future mobile devices will be faster and more powerful than ever before.
It’s important to note the difference between quantum chips and quantum processors. Quantum chips are a technological advancement that will be available in the near future. Its primary use will be to transmit information in a way that would be impossible for hackers to intercept. Instead of transmitting information over traditional forms of communication – which can be intercepted – information will be transmitted in a specialized quantum state that changes every time information is sent out.
For that reason, these new quantum chips will be most useful to the banking and financial industries that are always seeking new ways to protect customer data. Consumers, on the other hand, will be able to use quantum chips to ensure their data remains protected at all times.
Quantum processors are a completely different story. Quantum processors are a long ways away, but when they’re eventually created, they will be millions of times more powerful than today’s existing CPUs. They will be able to solve trillions of equations at a time, opening the door for some truly spectacular computer technology in the near future.